Averitt Express has opened PortSide distribution centers in Seattle, Wash.; Oakland, Calif., and Panama City, Fla. These facilities let Averitt provide several import/export support services—including container drayage, transloading, deconsolidation/consolidation and intermodal inland transport management—directly at the ports. Averitt also offers value-added warehousing services at the new facilities.
DHL Exel Supply Chain has opened a 40,000square-meter DC in Cannock, Staffordshire, in the United Kingdom, which it will manage for Unilever UK Foods. More than 200 DHL employees will work in the new building, which will distribute well-known brands like Hellmann's, Knorr and Lipton to around 2,000 stores throughout Britain.
Mallory Alexander International Logistics has signed an interim agreement with the city of Bismarck, N.D., for development, operation and management of the new 243-acre Northern Plains Commerce Center. Located adjacent to the Bismarck airport, the center will have intermodal capabilities with rail and highway service, warehousing and trans-loading facilities.
Industrial real estate developer AMB Property Corp. is expanding its facilities base. Under development are an 88,400-square-foot DC at AMB Horizon Creek near Atlanta, a 228,600-square-foot building at AMB Mt. Prospect near Chicago (which is being leased to BAX Global), and the company's first development in China—a 185,000-square-foot building in Shanghai. AMB has also acquired a seven-building property near Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, which is now known as AMB Southridge Park.
CVS Corp. has opened a new DC in Indian River County, Fla. By the end of the summer, the new facility expects to employ about 200 workers. Witron Integrated Technologies designed the material handling systems for the new facility, which will feed CVS drug stores throughout Florida and several southeastern states. Eurinpro, a developer of distribution space in Europe, has broken ground on a new 75,000-squaremeter distribution facility in Leipzig, Germany, for online retailer Amazon.de. The new fulfillment center is expected to create up to 400 jobs.